3 Sandy Hearings Set For Shoreline In January

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A series of public hearings along the shoreline in January will give residents a chance to comment on the performance of state utilities after storm Sandy hit  Oct. 29.

The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority has scheduled hearings for Jan. 3 at the senior center in East Haven, Jan. 7 at town hall in Westport, and Jan. 15 at town hall in Waterford. All hearings begin at 6:30 p.m.

Connecticut’s shoreline took the brunt of wind and flood damage from the storm.

A law passed after problems with utilities’ response to two major storms in 2011 requires PURA to review companies’ performance when more than 10 percent of customers lose power for more than 48 hours.

Sandy knocked out electricity to more than 600,000 customers statewide, many of them for days.  It was not until Nov. 2 that Connecticut Light & Power, the state’s largest electric utility, reduced the number of customers without power to 10 percent.

The review will consider the actions of CL&P as well as performance of these utilities: United Illuminating Co., Connecticut Natural Gas Corp., Yankee Gas Services Co., and Southern Connecticut Gas Co. The agency has said it will consider, in a separate hearing, the performance of telecommunications companies, cable TV providers, and water companies.

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